Monday, July 18, 2005

echoes from another time

"Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills -- against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world's great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32 year old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. 'Give me a place to stand,' said Archimedes, 'and I will move the world.' These men moved the world, and so can we all." ~ Robert F. Kennedy

I so don't understand the world, right now, not that I ever did. A part of me wants to turn away, keep sweeping up my little corner no matter how unending a task that might be, withdraw a bit now and then to regroup, but basically shut out the rest. The underlying hope is for enough people sweeping up little corners to have a ripple effect on the world at large.

A part of me says that isn't the only right solution for me, but I have no other answers. And though I am not the following kind exactly, I don't see any leaders emerging to rally behind with answers to end the various lunacies either.

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